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Item is a documentary film documenting Vancouverâs parks in 1940. This film names Vancouver the âPlayground City of the North Westâ and contains footage of Stanley Park, Connaught Park, Douglas Park, Devonshire Park, Shaughnessy Park, Memorial West Park, Memorial South Park, Almond Park, Hastings Community Park, Grandview Park, Trout Lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, Tatlow Park, Thornton Park, Hadden Park, Burrard View Park, Maple Grove Park, Sunset Nursery, Victory Square Park, Beaver Lake Park as well as Vancouverâs beaches including English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Second Beach, Spanish Banks and Locarno Beach. The film also features Stanley Park including footage of typical scenes at the entrance and causeway, the Administration Offices of the parks system, primeval forest scenes, blossom time in the rockeries and gardens, Lost Lagoon, Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge, the totem poles and a view of Stanley park from afar. As well, the film documents the locations of the free swimming classes provided by Vancouverâs newspapers at Lumbermanâs Arch Pool, Kitsilano Pool, New Brighton Pool and Maple Grove Pool. Vancouverâs playgrounds are also documented with footage of children playing in the playgrounds at Memorial South Playground, Norquay Playground, Robson Playground and McLean Playground. In addition, this film documents a variety of recreational activities that take place in Vancouverâs parks including swimming, sunbathing, boating, diving, folk dancing, tennis, golfing (at Fraser Golf Course), walking, lawn bowling, horse-shoe pitching, model yacht racing, cricket, playing games, enjoying the parkâs fauna and flora (in both summer and autumn), picnicking and having BBQs. Special events such as symphonies, Dress-up Day, the Annual Sandbox Contest, and the annual Soap-box Derby are also documented. 1940. Item # MI-105

Run time 45 minutes 39 seconds
Producer Whitefoot Studio for Vancouver (B.C.) Board of Parks and Recreation
Audio/Visual sound


Reviewer: BigLaur - - December 9, 2012
Subject: Tom Whitefoot animation of the 40's / 50's !!
Wow and thanks for showing these films. I am so amazed at the animation here and the professional filming for this time in Vancouver's history. So great that Tom had the foresight to film this for all of us!
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on 9/23/2011